Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2003 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure & problems with the stereo backlight failing. We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 90,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000. Transmission failure has been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accord as a class action lawsuit settlement, but owners of other Accord model years with transmission problems are out of luck.

The stereo backlight problem has been an issue since these Accords were only a few years old. Honda eventually issued a recall which covered the repair for 7 years/100k miles, which was nice while it lasted but now that period is over. Honda initially was replacing the entire radio ($800) but eventually began replacing just the PCB which at ~$300 is much cheaper. That sounds like a deal, but keep in mind we're talking about a backlight bulb that costs $2 to fix in most other cars.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
101,249 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. factory recall on hose (2 reports)
  3. replace power steering pump, rack, and pinion (2 reports)
2003 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 102008

Accord EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


Car started making loud whirling noises when steering during the winter.

- , Potomac, MD, USA

problem #8

Jan 012012

Accord LX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

I hated this but the fix was easy. I think it wasn't too bad.

- , Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #7

Sep 012010

Accord EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Noise began one day and I ignored it for 3 days. Brought it to my mechanic he checked fluid and said it was fine and took take it to Honda on my extended warranty. Honda changed pump and it stopped for a few years. Noise started again about 2 years later but only in cold so I waited for summer. I received a letter about the re-call and brought my car in and had the re-call work done. Still making winding noise and leaking a small amount of fluid.

- , Little Rock, Pulaski, USA

problem #6

Dec 052012

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles


I just recently took my car in for a factory recall on the powersteering hose after receiving a call (I never received the notices in the mail they claimed to have sent). I was told this morning that due to the dissolved power steering hose, I might need a new pump. Waiting to hear from them now.

- , San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 012010

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

Power steering makes significant noise any time the temperature is below 60 degrees. Previously it would resolve after the car heated up but it continues to be noisy.

- , Springfield, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012013

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,419 miles

Dealer wanted to replace power steering pump. But there was no leak. Replaced oring as per the service bulletin and replaced fluid. $220 later and problem not resolved....

I've been a Honda owner since getting my license - seriously reconsidering.

- , Toronto, Ontario, canada

problem #3

Dec 052009

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,139 miles


had to buy power steering pump and rack and pinion.

- , Augusta, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 252010

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

After I got my Honda back home the next morning when I started my car it was making an awful awful loud sound. I knew what it was because my dad's powering steering pump went out on his truck and it sounded exactly the same! Haven't gotten it fixed yet but need to really bad!!

- , Gentry, AR, USA

problem #1

Dec 152010

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,687 miles

Gripe, dealer wants car left so it can be checked when cold, seems my description does not support sufficient info to make a determination? Each day when the vehicle is first driven the power steering makes a whining noise until everything is warmed up. From then until the next first start it is quiet and normal! I thought maybe new fluid?

- , Tampa, FL, USA

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